Lewis Hamilton, seven-time world champion is looking for an eighth title. The beginning of the season will start from Bahrain, where Hamilton, in the press conference focused on the problems of Mercedes in the tests and on the question of human rights.
He said: "We are in the best possible condition, considering we only had three days of testing. We tried to analyze the numbers, collecting a lot of data for the weekend, but all the teams did it. I come here with optimism.
Let's see what our threat will be this year, it's an unknown at the moment, but I'd say there are a lot of strong teams. The battle will be tighter. We have tried to understand the problems of the tests, but we are only in the early stages of the season.
Everyone here has worked, in the pits and in the factory, to try to correct the normal problems that occur every time you change cars or rules. I have full confidence that everyone has worked hard. But we are aware that it will be challenging to bring the car to the level we want.
Human rights? I try to educate myself on what is happening in the world. It certainly gave me great responsibility. do not remain silent as someone might want me to do. Kneeling was good for letting the black community know that I'm on his side.
It's nice to see the steps of this sport and of my team in the direction of inclusion. When young people look at us, they may ask their parents why we kneel, and this can lead to dialogue. I'm not the one to choose where we're going to run, but I try to take steps to understand the situation.
We visit many countries, there are problems all over the world, but we must not go to these countries ignoring what is happening. We can't get here, have fun and then leave." Hamilton is considered one of the greatest drivers of all time and, together with Michael Schumacher, the most successful champion in the history of Formula 1.
He has won 7 world titles: in 2008 with McLaren and in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 , 2019 and 2020 with Mercedes. He is also the driver with the most wins (95), podiums (165) and pole positions (98) in the history of the competition.
It stands out for its very aggressive driving style, for its speed in qualifying and for its solidity in the race as well as for its dexterity in the wet, characteristics that make it a complete and very difficult driver for rivals.
Since his debut in the top category, Hamilton has won at least one race and one pole position during the world championship, making him the only driver in the history of the highest formula to have succeeded from the first season for fourteen consecutive years.
With seven world titles he is the most successful Briton of all time, as well as the only Anglo-Saxon to have managed to triumph for four consecutive editions (in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020).